The lawyer representing Fotis Dulos, the estranged husband of missing writer and mother Jennifer Dulos, has again referenced the strange theory that Jennifer has staged her own disappearance and framed his client.
Norm Pattis — the same lawyer defending controversial radio show host Alex Jones in his Sandy Hook defamation case — made the allegation again in a motion he filed Wednesday, an attempt to obtain billing records regarding recent medical tests Jennifer underwent.
“The defendant seeks information about the diagnosis and treatment Ms. Dulos received in the weeks before her disappearance as such information may shed light on what may have motivated her to disappear,” the filing, obtained by the New York Post, said.
She supposedly underwent $14,000 worth of testing.
It went on to state that the records could help “to evaluate whether Ms. Dulos, alarmed by her diagnosis and fearing that she might be able to raise the children on her own, took steps to cause her own disappearance in such a way as to raise suspicions about Mr. Dulos.”
It referenced the couple’s heated custody battle, which Jones referred to as a “highly contentious matrimonial litigation,” adding that Jennifer told her estranged husband “she would do anything she had [to] to make sure he did not get custody of their children.”
Jennifer disappeared on May 24 not long after dropping off her kids at New Canaan Country School. Two of her friends reported her missing after she didn't show for appointments and wasn't heard from for about 10 hours.
Both Fotis, 51 and his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, 44, have been charged with evidence tampering and hindering prosecution. They can allegedly be seen on video disposing of garbage bags, some of which contained bloody clothing, in trash receptacles. Police also said they found blood spatter and evidence of cleanup attempts at Jennifer's New Canaan home, according to the arrest warrants. They have pleaded not guilty and have since made bond.
Pattis first suggested to the New York Post last month that Jennifer may have staged her disappearance, claiming she once wrote a book manuscript with a similar plot to Gillian Flynn’s 2012 novel “Gone Girl.” That novel, which was also turned into a movie, is about a writer who fakes her own death to frame her husband. Pattis admits he never read the supposed 500-page manuscript. but said “this is a person who has a pretty florid imagination and motives to use it to hurt Mr. Dulos.”
A spokesperson for Jennifer’s family and friends denounced the suggestion.
“This is not fiction or a movie. This is real life, as experienced every single day by Jennifer’s five young children, her family, and her friends,” family spokesperson Carrie Luft has said. “We are heartbroken. Jennifer is not here to protect her children, and these false and irresponsible allegations hurt the children now and into the future.”
Fotis Dulos is scheduled to appear in court again Aug. 2. A judge has not yet ruled on the newly filed motion.
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